Final standngs, results, stats: HERE
Brasschaat Braves: Club Champion of 2017
20 teams competed in the Men’s European Super Cup 2017. Twelve of them earned their spot in the Super Cup bracket. In the double-elimination tournament system, the number of teams kept decreasing till the last two teams were standing in the final game.
SEMIFINAL 1: Hippos Havlickuv Brod 3 – Spectrum Praha 0
The first semifinal was scheduled for the last day of the tournament at 10:00. Two Czech teams met in this game and the atmosphere was quite tense. Hippos had their pick-up-player from New Zealand pitch this important game and it turned out to be the right decision – Spectrum only hit three times. Hippos did quite well in their at-bats (8 hits). But it wasn’t their hitting what caused Spectrum troubles, Spectrum itself caused the troubles by not performing in the defense up to their usual standard. The first two runs were scored in the third inning after an error and a passed ball. The last run of the game was well earned by the Hippos, especially by Dibelka and Klas, who hit singles and took advantage of more defensive imperfections by Spectrum.
SEMIFINAL 2: Spectrum Praha 0 – Brasschaat Braves 2
At 15:00 Spectrum got their second chance to make it to the final. This time the Czech men would’ve to beat Belgian Braves, who have already played the Super Cup final twice (in 2015 and 2013). This wasn’t Spectrum’s good day defensively. The first run was scored on an error in the second inning; Braves added one more in the fourth on another error. If it wasn’t for a great performance by Argentinian/German pitcher Pablo Skladny, Spectrum could have made the game more complicated, but five hits couldn’t make it up for the five errors that Czech team had produced.
Again, for the third consecutive time, Brasschaat Braves from Belgium made it to the final. For the third time (and a second time in a row) Spectrum takes bronze.
FINAL GAME: Hippos Havlickuv Brod vs Brasschaat Braves
Hippos won the Czech Extraleague last year and their goal was clearly set for this year – to win the European Super Cup. Brasschaat Braves know what it’s like to play the final of this competition, but they have never experienced what it’s like to win the final, their dream was pretty clear then. Young talented Michael Holobradek started the game for Hippos, Braves used this chance to score right in the first inning. Hippos tied in the second, Pablo Skladny, who pitched his third game of the day, allowed two hits and two walks.
In the third inning, the time has come for Holobradek to leave the pitching circle and leave it up to his more experienced temporary teammate from New Zealand, World Champion, Nikki Jasper Hayes. The score was 3-1 by that time. Hippos made it the game tighter again in the fourth. Hayes singled, then Klas tripled to make it 2-3. The Czechs wanted too much though and Klas tried for home, where he was tagged out. Fifth inning was good for Hippos again, they got on bases, but no run was scored. Belgian team’s offense, on the other hand, was stopped by Hayes’s performance. Braves didn’t need any more runs though, as that was it for Hippos.
Brasschaat Braves stepped up their performance to not to allow any more runs and won the European Super Cup with a score 3-2!
Amager Vikings won the ESF Cup
Eight teams were placed into the ESF Cup bracket at the Men’s European Super Cup 2017. They played double-elimination round to determine the playoffs and the final standings of the whole tournament.
FINAL GAME: Stabroek Chicaboo’s vs Amager Vikings
Despite their earlier loss, Vikings were clearly the stronger in this game. They started by scoring three runs taking advantage of the opponent’s errors. The Danish added three more runs in the third after a series of hits. Chicaboo’s had troubles with their hitting against the young Kiwi Liam Twigden. The game ended after the fifth inning with a score 7-0 for the Vikings, who won the ESF Cup. Chicaboo’s placed second and repeated the situation from 2012 when these two teams took the same positions in the final standings.
|1||ITALIAN ALL STARS*||ITA|
BRASSCHAAT BRAVES BSC
|5||BEARS BASEBALL & SOFTBALL CLUB||BEL|
|6||SOFTBALL KLUB MEDVEDNICA MRKI MEDVEDI||CRO|
|7||SOFTBALL CLUB SPAN||CRO|
|8||CZECH REPUBLIC U23||CZE|
|10||HIPPOS HAVLICKUV BROD||CZE|
|14||AMAGER VIKINGS SOFTBALL CLUB||DEN|
|15||LES BARRACUDAS MONTPELLIER BASEBALL UNIVERSITIE CLUB||FRA|
|16||BC CONTOIS SOFTBALL CLUB||FRA|
|17||GERMAN MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM||GER|
ARGENTINA JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM
*substitution for the team qualified as last year's winners
Affiliated Federations may enter their two best teams from their national championship played in the year before each ESCM competition. The executive council of each Affiliated Federation must nominate and approve each team entering this competition. As a concession to the leading countries of men’s fast pitch in Europe, three teams may be entered by the countries which have finished in the first three places (medal winners) of the previous EChM.
The winners of the previous year SUPER CUP and CUP II automatically qualify to participate at next event. The host country for each ESCM may enter one extra team. The number one and two of the previous European Championship Junior Men are also qualified to participate. Up to two extra teams from outside Europe can be invited by EC ESF, who may also allow further participants in case of special circumstances.
Other specific regulations available here
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